UPDATE 12/21 at 3:00 p.m. EST:
Demarcus Robinson is disputing that he told anyone he was going to enter the NFL Draft:
I never told anyone I was entering the draft, what is this??? pic.twitter.com/sdp19Ky6r2
— Demarcus Robinson (@honeythunder11) December 21, 2015
*****END OF UPDATE*****
Florida head coach Jim McElwain announced Monday afternoon that junior running back Kelvin Taylor and junior wide receiver Demarcus Robinson will forgo their senior seasons and instead will enter the 2016 NFL Draft, according to ESPN College Football Insider Brett McMurphy.
Florida coach Jim McElwain said RB Kelvin Taylor & WR Demarcus Robinson plan to enter NFL Draft
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 21, 2015
Taylor leads the team in rushing with 985 yards off 248 carries (4.0 ypc) and 13 touchdowns. A three-year contributor to the backfield, the 5-foot-10, 205-pound Belle Glade (FL) native enters his final college game with 2,058 career rushing yards (4.3 ypc) and 23 scores.
Robinson (6-foot-1, 205 lbs.), who will also play in Florida’s Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl matchup with Michigan on January 1, has 47 receptions for 505 yards and two touchdowns for a Gators passing offense that ranks 77th nationally (211.1 yards per game) in 2015. As a two-year starter, Robinson has recorded 105 catches for 1,338 yards (12.7 ypc) and nine scores in his Gainesville career.
Taylor is ranked as the 12th-best running back prospect for the 2016 NFL Draft, according to WalterFootball.com. He is projected to be selected somewhere between the third and fifth round.
“Taylor has been a tough runner for the Gators and finished the regular season with impressive performances against quality defenses. He is a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’-type runner.”
Meanwhile, Robinson declares as an underrated prospect that could gain some momentum with a good impressions during workouts and meetings over the next few months.
“I’m surprised more NFL draft people don’t know who Demarcus Robinson is, but they’ll learn,” wrote SB Nation’s Trevor Sikkema back in July. “He’s a 6’2, 205-pound receiver who wants to be the guy making all the catches. His biggest hurdle is just his focus. With a better structured offense this season, he could really improve his stock.”
Florida is scheduled to kick off against Michigan on New Year’s Day, and can be viewed at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.